We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We are situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. We are committed to forming alliances and solidarity with Indigenous peoples in our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities.
We are making it a practice to publicly acknowledge the history of the land we are situated on in order to re-visibilize Indigenous peoples, whose existence and struggles have been largely absent from the Canadian consciousness for hundreds of years.
Our ability to be working and living here now— is a direct benefit of policies of expulsion and assimilation of Indigenous peoples during the time of settlement and Confederation, and since. The harms of these policies are many and are still being felt in Indigenous communities today. Land acknowledgements are just one small first step in doing this work.
Neutral/ Attawandaron (At-ta-won-da-ron) peoples (called the Neutrals due to their tendency to avoid conflict) are made up of many distinct nations that were decimated by colonial diseases.
Anishnawbe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) peoples’ (also known as Ojibway, Chippewa, Mississauga and Algonquin) lived along the north shore of Lake Huron and down into southwestern Ontario.
Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee) peoples also known as Six Nations (Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Mohawk, Seneca and Tuscarora) and Iroquois resided in parts of Ontario and Upstate New York.